Finally on Blu-ray the ultimate collection featuring all four Alien films and every special feature ever released! Titles Comprise: Alien: The terror begins when the crew of the spaceship Nostromo investigates a transmission from a desolate planet and makes a horrifying discovery a life form that breeds within a human host. Now the crew must fight not only for its own survival but for the survival of all mankind. Aliens: Sigourney Weaver returns as Ripley the only survivor from mankind's first encounter with the monstrous Alien. Her account of the Alien and the fate... of her crew are received with skepticism until the mysterious disappearance of colonists on LV-426 lead her to join a team of high-tech colonial marines sent in to investigate... Alien 3: Lt. Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is the lone survivor when her crippled spaceship crash lands on Fiorina 161 a bleak wasteland inhabited by former inmates of the planet's maximum security prison. Ripley's fears that an Alien was aboard her craft are confirmed when the mutilated bodies of ex-cons begin to mount. Without weapons or modern technology of any kind Ripley must lead the men into battle against the terrifying creature. And soon she discovers a horrifying fact about her link with the Alien a realisation that may compel Ripley to try destroying not only the horrific creature but herself as well. Alien Resurrection: Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) died fighting the perfect predator. Two hundred years and eight horrific experiments later she's back. A group of scientists have cloned her along with the alien queen inside her hoping to breed the ultimate weapon. But the resurrected Ripley is full of surprises for her creators as are the aliens. And soon a lot more than all hell breaks loose! To combat the creatures Ripley must team up with a band of smugglers including a mechanic named Call (Winona Ryder) who holds more than a few surprises of her own. [show more]
This must be possibly one of the most eagerly awaited releases on blu-ray. I imagine most people who buy this set will have seen the movies and most probably have a previous release. This set is all encompassing, it contains 2 versions of each movie,(enough for anyone), all new extra features and also rounds up all the 'archive' of extras from previous releases on dvd. So if you have a previous release you can lose it as every feature appears to have been included. The movies look beautiful, to good infact, as i can now spot matt background paintings that even though i knew were there i had never really noticed before.
Alien offers the original cut and Ridley Scotts 'directors cut'. Both have scenes not included in the other and so neither is definitive, but i don't think Scott meant them to be. His original is a fantastic piece of cinema and really didn't need anymore adding,and stands alone as a truely chilling claustaphobic experience. The directors cut loses a few scenes that are not required but adds the infamous Dallas cocoon scene and also allows the tension between Ripley and Lambet to develop. Both versions are great movies.
Aliens is the original theatrical release and the later special edition. The special edition is the superior movie. Plenty of narrative and backstory leads to the eventual arrival of Ripley and the marines. The movie never drags even though an hour in and still no Xenomorphs. When they appear it is relentless,and it feels as if no one is getting out alive. We know they do but not without a hell of a battle, and the showdown with the Xenomorph queen is breathtaking, SFX and FX combining to give perfection. Possible only gripe is that the marines are very eighties in look and attitude, and do appear dated. If made today they would be cold,clinical and profession, as opposed to the 'footloose' appearance they have here.
Alien 3. Such a maligned movie. Personally i have always liked it. It always had a doomed feel to it and i think people have taken that away with them. But with the full directors cut it is very good movie. 30 plus minutes that really improves the movie. Paul McGann gets alot more to do here and is integral to one of the plotlines. It fizzes along at breakneck pace once the xenomorph is revealed and the ending is just much, much better.(i won't spoil it).
Alien Ressurection. The two releases here are Theatrical and 'alternative cut'. Very little difference unlike the previous two movies. Their are some great moments in this film,but not enough to really make it more than the fourth best of four movies. The hybrid Xeno/Ripley monster didn't work well. The mercenaries were one dimensional. Ripley was neither one thing or another, confused as a character which confused the viewer. Saying all that as a fan i still find much to enjoy.
Extras. Take a weekend out of life if you plan to watch all as there are so many extras. I guess most people will dip in and out of them as time permits.
Overall you have to give the set 10 out of 10. Price is great, packaging is good. Contents are fantastic. Buy this set you won't regret it.
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All four films in the 'Alien' saga. In Ridley Scott's 'Alien' (1979) the crew of a deep-space mining vessel come across something decidedly unpleasant on a mysterious planet. After leaving the desolate planet, they realise that something has survived and is on their ship. In James Cameron's sequel, 'Aliens' (1986), sole survivor Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and a team of Space Marines return to the alien's home planet to investigate some mysterious happenings, but soon a new deadly game of cat-and-mouse begins. In David Fincher's dark and brooding 'Alien 3' (1992) Ripley crash lands on an old prison planet for convicted murderers - but something has hitched a ride with her. Finally, in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's 'Alien Resurrection' (1997), two hundred years after Ellen Ripley died bearing the Alien Queen, a group of scientists successfully produce clones of both her and the alien. The new Ripley is different to the original in several respects, but some things never change. It is not long before Ripley is forced to team up with a gang of smugglers to repel the acid-blooded killing machines.